How Can I Lock the Volume on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod?

Updated on May 2, 2016
How Can I Lock The Volume On An iPad, iPhone or iPod
How Can I Lock The Volume On An iPad, iPhone or iPod

Is There a Way to Lock the Volume Controls?

Whether you share your iPad with the family, seem to frequently adjust volume levels on your iPod or are just frustrated by loud sounds, you have probably asked yourself the question, "Is there a way to lock the volume controls?"

The answer: Yes.

For those that allow their children to use the iPad to play games and watch videos, you will be familiar with their tendency to max out the volume using the on-screen slider. No matter what they are doing and no matter how many times you ask them to stop or turn it down yourself, inevitably it continues to happen.

Maybe you have been watching a movie yourself and had to adjust the volume control. Now, after watching, the lock/unlock click sound is super loud.

There are solutions and they are easily applied.

How To Lock The Volume On An iPad

The iPad has a number of ways to adjust volume.

  • Using the elongated button on the side of the iPad, you can adjust the volume up or down as required.

  • To mute the volume, simply press and hold the bottom end of the volume button.

To limit maximum volume on your iPad for music and other media, follow these basic steps:

  • Settings > Music > Volume Limit - Turn It On
  • Set the maximum volume level using the slider bar

Please note, if you are running iOS 5, the option is Settings> Music. However, if you have iOS 4, the option is Settings>iPod.

Some claim that this only controls the maximum limit of sound through your headphones. In fact, it works for most sound-related functions.

Remember too that each app has a sound/volume control in its settings or options. Depending on the feature, you may be able to adjust the sound level within an app or completely turn it off.

How To Lock The Volume On An iPhone

To prevent your volume level from accidentally being turned up far too high, you can set a maximum volume level which will apply to music and video playback.

  • Settings > Music > Volume Limit - Turn It On
  • Set the maximum volume level using the slider bar

Please note, if you are running on iOS 5, the option is Settings> Music. If you have iOS 4, the option is Settings>iPod.

To add another level of protection you can also turn on Lock Sounds

  • Settings > Sounds > Lock Sounds - Turn It On

Remember too that if you want to adjust the volume or music that plays from a particular app, each app has its own sound/volume controls and options to mute it completely.

How To Lock The Volume On An iPod or iPod Shuffle

To set the maximum volume level for your iPod follow these simple steps:

  • Settings > Volume Limit
  • Adjust the triangle on the volume bar to set the maximum volume limit.

Should you wish to lock access to this fix, you can set a password which must be entered to allow further changes:

  • On the Volume Limit screen, select Set Combination

If you do not want to do this, simply select Done to store your settings. This means that you do not require a password to change the maximum volume level.

Be aware that with all music, the volume you hear, despite your settings, can vary greatly depending on how the audio was initially recorded. It also may change depending on whether you are listening to music via headphones or via a bluetooth wireless connection.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.


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      McGregory The 3rd 

      17 months ago

      So there’s no way to shut off the buttons completely

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      3 years ago

      No sound on games

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      4 years ago

      Well. This applies for music only. Aren't her any ways to limit for movies as well?

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      6 years ago

      Instructions for iPhone don't for anything other than music.

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      6 years ago

      Only works for headphones man


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